Awards & Honors: Medieval Academy of America Awards

The Medieval Academy of America invites submissions for its annual awards program. These awards support research, publication, and teaching in medieval art, archaeology, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, religion, science, social and economic institutions, and all other aspects of the Middle Ages.

The following awards are considered Prestigious or Highly Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC). To view a full list of the Medieval Academy of America’s awards, click here.


Haskins Medal for a distinguished book
Highly Prestigious

  • Link: http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=Haskins_Medal
  • Deadline: October 15, 2017
  • Eligibility: Books published between 2012-2016 are eligible for the 2018 Haskins Medal
  • Summary: The Haskins Medal is awarded annually by the Medieval Academy of America for a distinguished book in the field of medieval studies. First presented in 1940, the award honors Charles Homer Haskins, the noted medieval historian, who was a founder of the Medieval Academy and its second President. The award is announced at the annual meeting of the Academy each spring. The medal was designed in 1939 by Graham Carey, and the name of the recipient and the year of the award are engraved on the edge.
  • Submission Instructions
    • The next Haskins Medal will be awarded at the Academy’s next annual meeting.
    • Books remain eligible for five years. The period of eligibility is defined by the publication date printed in the book, which must be two–six years prior to the date of the award. For example, books bearing the publication dates 2002–2006 were eligible for the prize given in 2008. The professional residence of the author must be in North America. Authors or publishers may submit books for consideration. Three copies of the book should be sent to the Academy office, addressed to the Haskins Medal Committee. A PDF comprised of five substantive reviews that have appeared in print or online should be sent to the Executive Director at LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org. Any member of the Academy may recommend candidates for the award by writing to the Executive Director.
    • Submissions must reach the Academy’s office no later than 15 October.
    • Please submit three copies of each nominated monograph to:
      • The Haskins Medal
        17 Dunster St., Suite 202
        Cambridge, MA 02138
    • List of recipients

John Nicholas Brown Prize
Prestigious

  • Link: http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=Brown_Prize
  • Deadline: October 15, 2017
  • Eligibility: Books published in 2014 are eligible for the 2018 Brown Prize.
  • Summary: The John Nicholas Brown Prize, established by the Medieval Academy of America in 1978, is awarded annually for a first book or monograph on a medieval subject judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality. To be eligible, the author must be resident in North America. John Nicholas Brown was one of the founders of the Medieval Academy and for fifty years served as its Treasurer. The prize established in his name consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $1,000. It is announced at the annual meeting of the academy each spring.
  • Submission Instructions
    • The next Brown Prize will be awarded at the Academy’s next annual meeting.
    • A first book or monograph’s eligibility is determined by the publication date. Books are eligible to be submitted in the third year after the publication date that appears in the book. For example, books bearing a publication date of 2000 were submitted in 2003 for the prize given in 2004. The author must be a resident of North America. Three copies of the book should be sent to the Academy office, addressed to the Brown Prize Committee.The following documents should be sent by email to the Executive Director at LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org: a PDF comprised of three substantive reviews that have appeared in print or online; a statement by the author that it is his or her first book in the medieval field.
    • Submissions must reach the Academy’s office no later than 15 October.
    • Please submit three copies of each nominated monograph to:
      • John Nicholas Brown Prize Committee
        17 Dunster St., Suite 202
        Cambridge, MA 02138
    • List of recipients

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize
Prestigious

  • Link: http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=Elliott_Prize
  • Deadline: October 15, 2017
  • Eligibility: Articles published in 2016 are eligible for the 2018 Elliott prize.
  • Summary: The Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, established by the Medieval Academy of America in 1971, is awarded annually for a first article in the field of medieval studies, published in a scholarly journal, judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality. To be eligible, the author must be resident in North America.” Van Courtlandt Elliott was Executive Secretary of the Academy and Editor of Speculum from 1965 to 1970. The prize that bears his name consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $500. It is announced at the annual meeting of the academy each spring.
  • Submission Instructions
    • The next Elliott Prize will be awarded at the Academy’s next annual meeting.
    • To be eligible, authors must have their permanent residence in North America. The eligibility of the article is determined by the publication year that appears in the journal or book where the article was published. Articles shall be submitted in the year following the publication year. For example, articles bearing a publication date of 2005 were submitted in 2006 for the prize given in 2007.
    • Articles, published in a scholarly journal, must be at least five pages in length and by a single author whose residence is in North America. A PDF of the article should be sent by email to the Executive Director at LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org, together with a statement by the author that it is his or her first article in the medieval field.
    • Submissions must reach the Academy’s office no later than 15 October.
  • List of recipients

Robert L Kindrick CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies
Prestigious

  • Link: http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=Kindrick_CARA_Award
  • Deadline: November 15, 2017
  • Summary: The Robert L. Kindrick–CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is so crucial to the health of medieval studies but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large. This award of $1000 is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy.
  • Submission Instructions
    • Three nominators are required, all of whom should have first-hand knowledge of the nominee’s contributions to Medieval Studies.
    • To submit a nomination, please fill out this form.
    • Nominators must also submit a PDF document of 1-3 pages that details the nominee’s contributions to Medieval Studies, using the upload link at the end of the form.
  • List of recipients

Questions?

For questions or more information, contact the Medieval Academy of America at (617) 491-1622 or info@themedievalacademy.org.